Meeting Recordings

Meeting Recordings

July 2022 Monthly Meeting

First half of monthly meeting will discuss Working Group business. In the second half, a diverse panel will be sharing their experience in advising, designing and implementing shaded fuel breaks in a variety of settings. Watch the full meeting here, or jump to the panel presentation here.

June 2022 Monthly Meeting

In the first half of the monthly meeting, we discussed Working Group business, shared member updates, discussed Cal Fire grant awards for the Fire Prevention grant program. In the second half, we heard Battalion Chief Marshall Turbeville’s annual presentation on the outlook for this year’s fire season. Watch the full meeting here and the presentation here.

May 2022 Monthly Meeting

At this monthly monthly meeting, members debriefed on the Governor’s May 5th CA Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force Meeting in Sonoma County; discussed upcoming events. We heard a panel on efforts to increase local workforce capacity for fire and vegetation management work. Speakers included Che Casul from Circuit Riders, Jason Mills from WRA, Inc., Brook Edwards from Sonoma County Regional Parks, and Kim Batchelder from Sonoma County Ag + Open Space. Watch the full meeting here and the panel discussion here.

April 2022 Monthly Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. At this meeting, UCCE Wildfire Vegetation Mitigation Program Manager Sashi Sabaratnam joined us to discuss a collaborative conference between UCCE and the Forest Working Group, tentatively set for October-November 2022. Watch here. We also had a special Good Fire Alliance update from Garrett Gradillas, Prescribed Fire Project Coordinator for Fire Forward. If you are interested, please click here.

March 2022 Monthly Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. At this meeting, we discussed outreach activities including upcoming field tours and the agriculture-forest stewardship mixer event to be scheduled in Summer 2022. Watch here. Special presentation this month was “Wildfire Vegetation Management Division: Sonoma County Fire Management Tools in Development” presented by Sashi Sabaratnam, UC Cooperative Extension Wildfire Vegetation Mitigation Program Manager for the County of Sonoma. 

February 2022 Monthly Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. We heard project updates from all attending members. Watch here. Special presentation from Adriana Stagnaro, Outreach & Project Manager for Gold Ridge RCD, “Tannery Creek Instream Large Wood Recruitment & Forest Management Project”.

January 2022 Monthly Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. We heard program updates from all attending members. Watch here.

December 2021 Monthly Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. We heard program updates from all attending members. Watch here. Special presentation from Permit Sonoma, Robert Aguero, “Introduction to CEQA for Vegetation Management.”

November 2021 Monthly Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. We heard program updates from all attending members. We also had a presentation from Devyn Friedfel on “Stewarding Forests for Wildlife and Fire Resilience at Pepperwood Preserve”. Watch here. Short presentation from Ellie Insley on the biochar workshop begins at minute 42:45. Devyn Friedfel’s presentation begins at minute 58:00.

October 2021 Members Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. We heard program updates from all attending members and discussed public outreach activities, including a social event with members of the agricultural community, workshop on riparian fuels management, biochar demonstration, field tour at Pepperwood Preserve to show fuels management and monitoring in the burn zone, field tour at coastal forest to examine challenges to forest health, and more. Watch here.

September 2021 Members Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. We heard program updates from all attending members. Discussed outcome of 20-21 Cal Fire Fire Prevention Grant awards and to continue planning pre-fire forest stewardship field trips. Watch here.

August 2021 Members Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. We heard program updates from all attending members and discussed public outreach activities, including a social event with members of the agricultural community, workshop on riparian fuels management, biochar demonstration, field tour at Pepperwood Preserve to show fuels management and monitoring in the burn zone, field tour at coastal forest to examine challenges to forest health, and more. Watch here.

July 2021 Members Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. Special speaker at this meeting was Fire Chief Marshall Turbeville, chief of the Geyserville-based Northern Sonoma County Fire District and also a Cal Fire battalion chief, who presented on the outlook for the 2021 Fire Season. Presentation begins at 1:44:00. Watch the full meeting here.

June 2021 Members Meeting

View the recorded June meeting, in which members discuss Working Group business and we hear from Sonoma Ag + Open Space staff on the Vital Lands Initiative (presentation begins at hour 1:21:00). Watch the full meeting here.

May 2021 Members Meeting

View the recorded May meeting, in which members discuss Working Group business and we hear from special speaker Tosha Comendant, from Pepperwood Preserve, presenting on the new Wildfire Fuel Mapper tool. Presentation begins at 1:25:00. Watch the full meeting here.

April 2021 Members Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. Special guests at this meeting were Chief Ben Nicholls, Sonoma County Operations Chief and Chief Tom Knecht, Pre-Fire Division Chief of the Vegetation Management Program, for the CAL FIRE Sonoma Lake Napa Unit. They took questions about the Spring 2021 CAL FIRE grant programs. Presentation from CAL FIRE Chief Tom Knecht on 2021 CAL FIRE grant program begins at 24:00. Watch the full meeting here.

March 2021 Members Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. In this meeting we heard member updates and public comments. We discussed outreach activities, the 2021-2022 Two Year Work Plan, and funding opportunities. Watch the full meeting here.

February 2021 Members Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. Special speaker at this meeting was Peter Lecourt, Forest Manager for Pacific Union College and Board Member of the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation. His presentation, “Pacific Union College Demonstration and Experimental Forest at Angwin, an Overview” discussed the management approach and variety of projects and treatments used on the PUC forest, including timber harvest, shaded fuel breaks, prescribed fire and thinning. Jump to 1:34:00 for the Special presentation. Watch the full meeting here.

January 2021 Members Meeting

Monthly meeting for the membership to discuss all Working Group business. This month, we drafted our 2021-2022 Two Year Work Plan. Watch the full meeting here.

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